There are books that have such an impact on you, that when you finish them, you can’t wait to tell everyone about them. And you dont stop short at jamming the thing down their throats.

1. Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

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Magic is absolutely rooted in the book’s world. Nothing seems contrived and the consistency is excellent.

The characters are very well realized which means that when the protagonist does something clever, it’s believable. And when he does something youthfully dumb, it rings just as authentically true. This one is well worth some of your precious reading time.

2. he Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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This is science fiction made to laugh at itself while honoring its rich tradition. But it is much more than that.

Adams’ peculiar humor also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and science. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually uses his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it. This may well be the funniest novel ever written.

3. Neverwhere: A Novel – Neil Gaiman

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In the field of Science-Fiction/Fantasy, there is no greater accomplishment than creating a unique and intriguing universe. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is an outstanding attempt at creating a new universe. The universe of this novel is London Below. A dark world existing beneath the UK’s sprawling capital. It’s inhabited by a feudal aristocracy, lonesome warriors and a religious cult that talks to rats.

4. Enders Game – Orson Scott Card

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From our previous post on books with incredible endings:
Ender Wiggin is a special boy. He is the youngest of a family of child geniuses. This story is set in the future where aliens have tried to invade the earth several times. Twice the Earth defeated them, but at a great cost. The government is scrambling to make sure this never happens again by training the next set of star fleet commanders from childhood.

5. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal – Christopher Moore

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The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John leave a gaping hole in the story of Jesus. They tell of the shepherds, the angel, the virgin, the manger, and the wise men, then jump to Jesus as a thirty-something rabbi. What did Jesus do during his formative years? Christopher Moore has an answer in his latest novel Lamb.

6. Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

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Mistborn has the best, most well-thought-out, most original magic system of any fantasy book series ever written. Nothing comes anywhere close to rivaling its intricacy and intelligence. Despite its complexity, Sanderson has such a firm grasp on his magic system and is so clearly enjoying himself when he writes in it that it comes off the page beautifully and fluidly.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

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From a previous post:
The Count is a masterful work. Charting the story of Edmond Dantes and his betrayal, the book shows his incredible comeback as a force of vengeance, fighting for the good guys and punishing the bad.

We hope you agree these books are so good that you’ve been recommending them to all of your friends.